If you are thinking of adding a hands-on experience to add your child’s online learning, or you’re just a history buff yourself, visit Augusta County’s former manufacturing boomtown, Basic City. Basic City was formed in 1890, and it was named after the process of basic oxygen steelmaking. Basic City once dwarfed Waynesboro in size! In 1924, Basic City consolidated with Waynesboro. Today Basic City is named as one of the “Lost Towns” of Virginia. For a more in-depth visit, check out Basic City Beer Company, which is set up in the former Virginia Metalcrafters complex. The high ceilings and reclaimed wood and pipe taproom tables honor history, and if you want to bring Fido, it’s no problem- dogs are allowed!
Pack up the family and head over to Tree Street Historic District to observe architectural history. The 120-acre historic district is aptly named- the district contains Walnut, Oak, Maple, Cherry, and Chestnut avenues. The district includes the oldest residential neighborhood in Waynesboro as well. The oldest structure in Tree Street Historic District is the Old Stone House on Oak Avenue, which overlooks the South River. Rose Cliff is another historic property, which is listed separately on the Register of Historic places.
Travel to Nelson County to Critzer Family Farm next. This 5th-generation farm provides county residents and visitors alike with fresh produce. They are open from April to October and offer seasonal fruits and vegetables, plants, and hand-churned ice cream. While in the area, visit one of Nelson’s picturesque wineries. Cardinal Point Winery is near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline drive and created high-quality, creative wines. Another wonderful winery is 12 Ridges Vineyard, which offers 360-degree views and sparkling, cool-climate wines. 12 Ridges is a beautiful place to hold special events as well. In fact, if you have an upcoming wedding or special celebration, check out Nelson County’s unique and beautiful event venues.
Nelson County has many craft breweries to visit as well. Brewing Tree Beer Company offers craft brews and fun activities such as axe throwing contests, and Devils Backbone Brewery treats patrons to a dynamic dining experience. For those who want to camp, Devils Backbone offers a campsite as well, with both RV hookup sites and primitive sites available.
For more information on fun places to visit on both sides of the Blue Ridge, call Nelson County Tourism at 434-263-7015.